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Asking the questions together to fight the disease as one

LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) - If you go around the room and ask a show of hands how many people have seen the affects of Alzheimer's Disease, chances are the majority of the room would have their hand held up. 

Statistics by the Alzheimer's Association 5.7 million people are diagnosed with the disease and every 65 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed. 

For Wendy Lee of Gladewater it was shortly after her 50th birthday that her twin brother Windell was told he too had the disease. 

"I remember growing up together. I remember playing in the yard and always worrying I would hurt him," said Lee. 

It was 7 years later that her brother would take his last breath ultimately losing the battle to the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. 

"He was a carpenter. He could build anything from the ground up. And one day it began and he would forget his hammer or his pencil and that escalated to him losing sight of just about everything," said Lee. 

Lee was one of the near 50 who showed up to the public forum held in Longview Thursday where patients families and experts asked questions and garnered answers from their peers. 

"That's why we are here. That's why we do what we do. For the Wendy's out there. It gives us a stronger purpose when we can hear how we can help support and benefit the families who are fighting this battle," said Alzheimer's Associations Kathy Shockley. 

After the forum a decision to form an action plan for the region was announced. 

We'll update this story as more information becomes available on that plan. 

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